Several factors that led to the fall of the Roman Empire, can clearly be seen in the problems now facing the Iranian regime.
A 2,000 rial Iranian banknote showing Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and a handwritten pro-opposition graffiti in Farsi. (File photo: AP)
An Iraqi holds a portrait of Shiite Huthi rebels' leader in Yemen, Abdulmalik al-Huthi (R) and General Qassem Suleimani (L), the commander of the Quds Force, the foreign operations arm of Iran's Revolutionary Guards. (AFP)
Extent of expansionism
A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows (L-R) Lebanon's Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arriving for an official dinner in Damascus late on February 25, 2010. The presidents of Syria and Iran have signed a visa-scrapping accord, signalling even closer ties and brushing aside US efforts to drive a wedge between the two allies. AFP PHOTO/HO/SANA == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE == SANA / AFP
Syria’s strategic importance
A missile that the US Department of Defense says is a “Qiam” ballistic missile manufactured in Iran and that the Pentagon says was fired by Houthi rebels from Yemen into Saudi Arabia on July 22, 2017 is seen on display at a US military base in Washington, on December 13, 2017. (Reuters)